Saturday, March 5, 2011

the life box

When our mushrooms arrived yesterday they were in one of those living boxes that are seeded and you rip them apart to plant them. In a few short years, you then have little trees to plant about your little part of the world. Each box is seeded with a number of different tree species as well as accompanying fungi that are supposed to create a little ecosystem. On the outside of the box is a code that you enter into the lifebox website to find out just what seeds your box has in it. Ours contains the following. It looks to us like most all of these trees could potentially grow and thrive here in our environment.
This is not an endorsement of the company nor an advertisement, just something we found interesting and thought would be a fun experiment to document and see what happens. I will likely begin the process this weekend sometime and then do a periodic update on it and see what we end up growing. It should be fun or a really long drawn out ordeal that ends up with nothing :)

The life box site is quite neat. They, of course, sell the boxes but they have a tree planting part of the site where you find the type seeds you have, learn to identify the seeds, and how to germinate and care for the treelings. You can also mark a map with your location and see other box forests.


  1. that's pretty cool. it would be fun to watch what happens with it!

  2. what a cool ecological experiment!

  3. that is cool & fun, I want to order something just to get a box!

  4. Hi,

    Seeing that you’re a green advocate (and blogger) I wanted to reach out and see if you were interested in an article that I recently have written. It's on the Olympics and the steps they're taking to go green and decrease the environmental impact that it has. While sports is something far from the topic of your blog, I think that you will find it interesting and informative, and not overwhelming on the sports content, besides a few facts on the last Olympics, it is primarily about the Olympics going Green.

    I'm looking to spread awareness of the fact that even though the Olympic Games are fantastic and unifying, they are it's quite a carbon-rich event and are not that environmentally sound.

    Nerissa Barry